This week my children's book reviews a majestic and inspirational poetry book, a lost horse looking for a friend, the untold story of the first man to the North Pole and a return to Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children on a new adventure.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
I AM THE SEED THAT GREW THE TREE BY FIONA WATERS & FRANN PRESTON-GANNON
A majestic collection of poems nestling within lustrous seasonal illustrations inspired by nature. Separated into the months of the year this sumptuous hardback is a treasure trove of our greatest poets from familiar favourites to new discoveries. This is perfect for all the family to dip into or share and for children to grow up with while learning to appreciate how beautiful verse can be in all its glory. A wonderful gift to keep.
ISBN 9780857637703 HB Nosy Crow £25
PICTURE BOOK 3+
One day a famous bronze horse sculpture disappears from a city museum. Far away a lonely girl, Lyra makes friends with a lost horse. Could he also be looking for a friend? The bond of friendship between girl and horse is perfectly caught within the sepia illustrations and splashes of colour to catch the eye. I especially loved the sense of movement and freedom as they both ride through the country. A modern-day fable.
ISBN 9781849765657 HB Tate Publishing £11.99
A fictionalised account of the inspirational life of Matthew Henson, the first man to reach the North Pole. The story remained a secret because he was black. The adventure also gives a real sense of the world in the 1900's when this extraordinary man had to defy prejudices to achieve his dreams. The short format and clear text make it suitable for reluctant and dyslexic readers and perfect to discuss #blackhistorymonth in the classroom.
ISBN 9781781128404 PB Barrington Stoke £6.99
YOUNG ADULT 12+
When Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children arrive in modern-day America to visit Jacob a new adventure begins with lots of magic and mayhem. Jacob must uncover the truth about his grandfather while facing a test of love, loyalty and friendship. A brilliantly imaginative quest that interweaves the modern day with fantastical beings and inventions. A whirlwind of excitement intermingled with evocative vintage photography. Edward Scissorhands meets Harry Potter.
ISBN 9780141285907 HB Penguin £14.99